22nd November 2005




The University of Lincoln is to host the global premiere of the world’s largest interactive video art installation when Under Scan is unveiled on Friday.


Two hundred Lincoln people have assisted in its production and it is hoped that hundreds more will be drawn to Brayford Pool to experience this spectacular art installation.


Launched in the build-up to Christmas, it’s an exciting addition which provides another dimension to the festive attractions of the city.


Created specially for the East Midlands by Mexican-Canadian contemporary artist

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Under Scan is a stunning new interactive art experience featuring the world’s brightest projector.


Under Scan will be unveiled at 6pm on Friday 25th November and  will remain in place for 10 nights until Sunday 4th December before touring Leicester, Northampton, Derby and Nottingham.


It’s a free, outdoor video art installation in which the public become the stars of the show in a huge interactive shadow-play. People walking in the night-time Under Scan area will find unexpected people appearing in their shadows as video-portraits of local people (including some 200 people filmed in Lincoln over the summer) are projected into the shadows.


Under Scan has been commissioned by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) in association with other regional partners including Arts Council England in the East Midlands.


“This unique new artwork will shine a bright spotlight on the region and its vibrant cultural quarters,” said Ross Willmott, emda board member with responsibility for ‘Under Scan’.


“It demonstrates our commitment to encouraging innovative approaches to public space and, as a hi-tech installation, reflects our strengths in science and technology.”


Councillor Donald Nannestad, City of Lincoln Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “We are proud to be hosting the world premiere of a major, free, visual arts project. This is a unique opportunity for local people to experience a very special video arts installation on their doorstep.


“It is fitting that Under Scan is helping celebrate cultural regeneration, as Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter has been transformed with capital developments in recent years.”


Under Scan utilises highly sophisticated, integrated technologies. The world’s biggest projector (110,000 lumens of intensity) is being installed to flood a vast area with bright light, creating shadows of people walking through it.


A sophisticated camera and sensor tracking system will detect people as they walk in the area, and a video portrait of another person (selected at random from thousands of video portraits of local people) will appear in their shadows.


Under Scan is the latest instalment of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s acclaimed ‘Relational Architecture’ series which includes high-profile commissions for the United Nations World Summit in Lyon, the Millennium in Mexico City, the European Capital of Culture celebrations in Rotterdam and the opening of the Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan.


Note to editors

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is available for interview in the UK. For interviews, images and broadcast quality footage please contact David Rose at ArtReach on 07976 658208.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Lozano-Hemmer (37) has forged a global reputation through work shown in more than 25 countries, major international commissions and awards and the ongoing creation of his ‘Relational Architecture’ series of large-scale installations in public spaces, deploying cutting edge technologies.


He recently exhibited at the Art Basel Unlimited exhibition, the Shanghai Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Instanbul Biennial, Bienal de Habana, ARCO in Madrid and Ars Electronica Festival in Austria.


He has won two BAFTA awards for interactive arts, in 2002 and 2005. He has also won a Golden Nica Award at the Prix Arts Electronica in Austria, a Rockefeller Fellowship in the USA, a Bauhaus Award in Germany and a host of other significant international visual arts prizes. More information on his work can be found at: www.lozano-hemmer.com


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or Julie Treharne, Communications Manager, City of Lincoln Council

01522 873318                         julie.treharne@lincoln.gov.uk